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Nuclear weapons and power-reactor plutonium

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With modest design sophistication, high-burn-up plutonium from power reactors can produce powerful and predictable nuclear explosions. There is no way to ‘denature’ plutonium. Power reactors are not implausible but rather attractive as military production reactors. Current promotion of quasi-civilian nuclear facilities rests, dangerously, on contrary assumptions.

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Lovins, A. Nuclear weapons and power-reactor plutonium. Nature 283, 817–823 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1038/283817a0

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